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Dick Turpin - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:46
Why on earth would you take time out of your business to visit us for two and a half hours then during that time inform us we lost a deal we'd quoted for yet continue to waffle on about nothing of any value?

This should work?

Dick Turpin - Wed, 02/09/2015 - 16:52
This was an email from an IT Manager to us earlier today.

Customer: "Do you have any idea how Sage Line 100 is installed on a new PC to access a central server installation? I have tried putting the shortcut from another computer with the full path to this machine, but it gives me missing DLL errors. It then says try reinstalling the program."

Because shortcuts are programs aren't they?

Go and back the Mycroft Kickstarter campaign

Jono Bacon - Sun, 30/08/2015 - 22:42

Disclaimer: I am not a member of the Mycroft team, but I think this is neat and an important example of open innovation that needs support.

Mycroft is an Open Source, Open Hardware, Open APIs product that you talk to and it provides information and services. It is a wonderful example of open innovation at work.

They are running a kickstarter campaign that is pretty close to the goal, but it needs further backers to nail it.

I recorded a short video about why I think this is important. You can watch it here.

I encourage you to go and back the campaign. This kind of open innovation across technology, software, hardware, and APIs is how we make the world a better and more hackable place.

Automated twitter compilation up to 30 August 2015

David Goodwin - Sun, 30/08/2015 - 06:00

Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 30 August 2015

  • You can modify a reserved ec2 instance within its class/region without losing it … #TIL 2015/08/29
  • RT @kapilsharmainfo I need a suitcase just for this… #zendcon #elephpant #ZendConFace


  • FFS idiot neighbour. Please stop that burglar alarm. It’s waking the babies up! That’s the 3rd or 4th time this evening. 2015/08/29
  • RT Apple’s real profit margin comes from selling the tiny soul fragments they get each time we click on their User Agreement. 2015/08/29
  • Woo. Payday weekend. I’d almost forgotten. August seems to have flown by. 2015/08/29
  • Two consecutive kernel panics this morning. Same server. Different reason. Btrfs and cgroups may be having a disagreement (3.16.7-11) 2015/08/29
  • Will anyone notice I have washed the kitchen floor ? 2015/08/28
  • Hmm. I could go joy riding on these mobility scooters. Two unattended on the pavsment. Perhaps the owners have been bitten by zombies. Barnt Green, England 2015/08/28
  • Debian upgrading the version of PHP (beyond @dotdeb‘s) caught me out today.

    Package pinning time … 2015/08/28

  • Dishwasher repair 101 – course completed ! (Dispenser tray spring replaced). 2015/08/27
  • RT A child’s view on technology’s harm | Letters d.gu.com/Bz4x5l 2015/08/26
  • RT It is the last time to experience the future of the web world at (R)Evolution – bit.ly/1JQfEYp 2015/08/24
  • RT The most difficult “Hello World” of your life www.commitstrip.com/2015/08/24/the-most-difficult-hello-world-of-your-life/


  • RT Working from home


  • RT Great News! Conference & Tutorial tickets / Full Day and Half Day Tutorial tickets will be back on sale tomorrow! #PHPNW15 … Please RT! 2015/08/24
  • RT Denmark ban halal and kosher meat. Come on Great Britain. Animal rights should come before religious barbarism. 2015/08/24
  • RT Windows 95 is 20 years old today. You used 3.5″ floppies to install it. 13 of them.


dotdeb – apt package pinning

David Goodwin - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:22

As of last night, Debian Security released PHP 5.4.44 for Wheezy. Wheezy shipped with PHP 5.4.12 or something like that.

DotDeb is currently on 5.4.43, and if you’ve been using it based on the assumption that it has a newer version of a package over Debian, then an upgrade will leave your PHP install in a mess (e.g. no php5-gearman or php5-imagick).

To fix this, the following in e.g. /etc/apt/preferences.d/dotdeb will help :

Package: * Pin: origin packages.dotdeb.org Pin-Priority: 1001

This should make apt choose dotdeb packages over Debian, even if Debian contains a newer version.

i.e. stop apt relying on just the package version number, and previously dotdeb always had a higher one.

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